Well hi.

For whatever reason, I've recently decided to upload scans of band gig posters from my early days in Sydney, when I used to regularly go out and see at least two or three bands a week. I'm talking 1979 - 1990 ish here. At that time, Sydney had a healthy, thriving pub band culture which f
ostered the careers of many of the top Aussie export bands of the last couple of decades. The Angels, The Radiators, Midnight Oil, INXS, (Le) Hoodoo Gurus, The Church, etc etc etc. Anyway, being a lifelong collector of strange and irrelevant things, I find myself with scraps of paper, flyers, set lists, coasters and more from many of the gigs I attended, so at least I have something to remember them by. Most of that era is a total blur in my memory, but I just know that I had a really good time, and my tinnitus and foggy brain was worth it all.

Now, I'm not claiming to be any kind of expert or authority on any of these bands, or the era in general, I'm just sharing what I remember, and a few bits and pieces that may bring back memories for some. Feel free to add your own recollections, tell me if I'm wrong, share stories of gigs you went to.

You can click on them and they get bigger.

Monday, August 18, 2008

MX Warheads

Sounds violent. I bet it was. The Mosman Hotel had lots of punk bands for a while. I saw a lot of fights at that place. Such a nice neighbourhood, too.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey, that's my old band!

Omegaman said...

Hey, that's my band!

Mark said...

Cool! Don't specifically remember seeing you, but I'm sure it was a great gig. You've probably got heaps of old posters yourself? Looks like you've done a lot of other stuff since then...

Anonymous said...

i saw the mx-warheads once - they were GREAT!

great blog

nutra

Michael O'Leary said...

I knew Donnie fairly well, well enough in fact to lend him my roland amp which he coupled to a twin reverb. Poor old Vicki had trouble being heard on vocals. May the dear lady rest in peace.

Anonymous said...

I played the drums with the MX Warheads around 1981. I remember playing the Lord Roberts Hotel in Darlo. I was sweet 16. My dad showed up in a suit, and everyone freaked out that he was a plainclothes cop. Ha, ha. Didn't stay in the band too long, but it was an incredible experience. Not many chick drummers around then in Sydney.

TBAFB said...

Mosman Hotel. Home from home in the early eighties.

The Triffids used to perform there quite regularly around the time Jill Birt joined. They also used to have a regular slot at the Strawberry Hills Hotel. I'll never forget them performing Pale Blue Eyes acapella as an encore. Everyone left in a stunned silence...

Other regulars used to be The Happy Hate Me Nots and The Celibate Rifles. I once saw Grooveyard there too. Anyone know what happened to them?

Can't really recall it being tough or violent in any way whatsoever ,but my period was 83-85 so it may have become so after then...

Passed through (now living in London) a few years back and noted that it was a block of flats. Sigh...

Anonymous said...

Was a great venue, saw loads of punk bands there.